The man wearing a balaclava entered kindergarten and took all the upper pre-school children hostage. The building was surrounded by the cops. Negotiations began immediately. The villain asked for little trains, toy cars, dolls, crayons, storybooks. When the packages arrived, the kids didn't want to go out. They asked for more, cola, pizza and Haribo candies. Because the cops resisted, the kids started shooting at them with water pistols. The man wearing a balaclava was the kindergarten teacher.

(Translated by Iuliana Danciu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2021, the group has 4.300 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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